Last Tuesday, August 30, 2011 was my first time visiting my late sister to Tanah Kusir graveyard. She died on August 1, 2011, at the age of 32. So fast, indeed. And time flies, now it’s nearly 40 days after her passing..
People die everyday.
I’m gonna look about death through an Islamic view. It is clearly stated in the Holy Quran that every person alive will face death.
“Everyone shall taste death” (Ali-Imran : 185)
Death: 1. the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism.
By the definition from dictionary above, we may say death as an end of one’s life. Whether there may be something in the afterlife or the Hereafter, we don’t know precisely what and how would it be.
Death happens everyday to every kind of person, regardless of age, race, and health condition. Health isn’t being used for measuring the death time; even a healthy person can meet his/her fate anytime. We won’t know when is our time ends on Earth.
“It is He, Who has created you (Adam) from dust, then from a Nutfah [mixed drops of male and female sexual discharge (i.e. Adam’s offspring)] then from a clot, then brings you forth as an infant, then (makes you grow) to reach the age of full strength, and afterwards to be old (men and women) — though some among you die before — and that you reach an appointed term in order that you may understand.” (Al Mu’min : 67)
From the Quran verse above, we clearly see that death will happen anytime to anyone, and for us who still alive, shall learn from it. Allah created mankind and will take some of us even before growing old. Let’s face this reality that death is surely can happen to anyone, indiscriminate young or old.
“It is Allah Who takes away the souls at the time of their death, and those that die not during their sleep. He keeps those (souls) for which He has ordained death and sends the rest for a term appointed. Verily, in this are signs for a people who think deeply.” (Az-Zumar : 42)
From Surah Az-Zumar verse 42, we learn that sleep is not just an ordinary event passes by. Even though sleep is our daily routine, it is actually the time when Allah holds our souls, which we’ll never know if Allah’s gonna give back our souls to our sleeping body to wake up or not. Mashaa Allah.. This is why there is a prayer before sleeping like this in Islam “Bismika allaahumma ahya wa amuut. (With the Name of You, O Allah, I live and I die).”
It is human rights to believe or disbelieve in the afterlife. But as for Muslim, we put our faith into this. Every man alive will die; all the deeds done on Earth will be paid equally in the afterlife. Therefore, we shall do good deeds here, in order to have a good ‘afterlife’ 🙂
“So, whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.” (Az-Zalzalah : 7-8)
Allah will give the rewards for what mankind had done on Earth. We cannot imagine how beautiful the reward will be because only Allah who knows the Hereafter and we’re the believer. What we do, as a living mankind, is just living the life and preparing for our death, by doing good deeds.
“This Day (Day of Resurrection), none will be wronged in anything, nor will you be requited anything except that which you used to do.” (Yasin : 54)
So, we shall not afraid of death because it will certainly happen to us. It is likewise better if we remember about death, so we can do more positive actions and less time wasted. We just have to live our life, do the right deeds, and pray to Allah 🙂 For what we ask, Allah will always hear, only the response will vary.
“Invoke Me [i.e. believe in My Oneness and ask Me for anything], I will respond to your (invocation).” (Al-Mu’min : 60)
Let’s keep learning from the death of the mankind, especially when our beloved people die. Well, keep doing good on the right track!
Have a blessed Shawal, fellow Muslim 🙂 Have a nice weekend, people 🙂
P.S.: read my other post on interpreting Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” to remember death here 😀